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This event occurred on
November 6, 2016
1:00pm - 6:00pm CET
(UTC +1hr)
Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag

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Alive Creative Institute

Dance group
Alive Creative Institute started in 2002 as a dance school. They are a dance school that focus on creativity, local community and how to be a positive influence for kids and young children, through art and dance. Their vision is to create a creative environment where kids can try things they haven't done before and be all they can be.

Anette Aarsland

Breathing instructor
Well-known Norwegian breathing instructor, public speaker, entrepreneur and best-selling author Anette Aarsland will demonstrate just that - the power of breathing. Anette’s education began at the Music Conservatorium in Norway as an opera singer and continued in Milan, Rome, London and New York at the Manhattan School of Music. After a serious heartbreak which (literally) took her breath and voice away, Anette discovered the importance of correct breathing. In 2012, she founded Pusteteknikk AS (Breathing Technique) and has since been interviewed on television, radio, magazines and national newspapers. Her bestselling book PUSTEN (2014) is currently being translated into English.

Åsmund Seip

“I am human. And I am here. The rest are merely tidal reminders of beauty. I write poetry. And I perform it, offer it my body and my voice. My method is my life, my children, my love. And this, this is my invitation: Feel yourself, Feel the world, Feel yourself in the world. From there, from here, anything can happen.” Life happens to all of us, all the time. Wheels in constant motion, we forget how important it is simply to stop and feel. Designer, coach, blogger, social innovator and published author of two books “100 Days of Love” and “100 Days for the Earth”, Åsmund Seip is a breath of fresh air with his poetry and performances that reach deep within us and remind us what it means to be human.

Avijit Pandit

Swiss Army Knife Man
Are you an engineer? Psychologist? Educator? Stand-up comedian? Avijit Pandit claims that he is all of the above and all at the same time. After graduating as a mechanical engineer, he went on to found a social business in Bengaluru, India and also authored workbooks for children in collaboration with education-based NGOs. Avijit has since earned a Master’s degree in psychology and is currently working towards his second Master’s in industrial ecology at NTNU. All the while, he has been moonlighting as a stand-up comedian.

Diana Ivanova

Diana Ivanova is currently a PhD candidate in the Industrial Ecology Programme at NTNU. She works with an EU project, GLAMURS, which aims to promote a global transition towards sustainable lifestyles and a green economy. Diana’s research focuses on environmental consequences of household consumption and lifestyles. She uses statistical, econometrical and other techniques to analyze the impacts of products and services consumed by households. Diana comes from an academic background based in environmental economics and sustainability and has earned degrees both from Denmark and Sweden.

Dominik Osiński

Dominik Osiński is an Assistant Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, where he teaches and researches industrial instrumentation. Over the years, he has been engaged in diverse projects such as developing offshore windmill instrumentation, developing aluminum production in India, modelling charged particle beams and implementing the IT billing system at Comarch.

James Ehrlich

Founder of ReGen Villages, a Stanford University spin-off company implementing the “Tesla of Ecovillages”. James is a Senior Technologist at Stanford University, Senior Fellow at Opus Novum consortium at NASA Ames Research Center, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Stanford H-STAR Institute and Peace Innovation Lab at the Centre for Design Research and recently appointed to a White House / U.S. State Department Joint Task Force on the Nexus of Food, Water, Energy and Waste. A serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley for over 25 years, James successfully founded and managed technology and media companies with successful exits. For nearly a decade, he produced an award-winning national public broadcasting series based on case studies of organic and bio-dynamic family farms that reached over 35 million homes each week, and published a best-selling companion book on Hachette, (Organic Living, THG 2007).

Jan Hoff

Dr. Jan Hoff is an exercise-physiologist from The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences and has previously been the National Team head coach for sprinters at the Norwegian Athletics Association and President of the Norwegian Alpine Ski Federation. He is currrently a professor at the Medical Faculty at NTNU and St. Olav University Hospital and has published more than 100 articles on exercise and physiology in renowned peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and International Journal of Sports Medicine. He has been responsible for physical training of multiple Olympic and World Cup winners. Consultant for several football professionals and teams such as Celtic FC, Barcelona FC, Real Madrid FC and Rosenborg FC to name a few. Together with his colleague Professor Jan Helgerud, he has been researching the best ways to exercise for the last 30 years, and their research on high intensity interval training has been nicknamed “the Norwegian method”.

Jens Nordgreen-Svensen

Jens Nordgreen-Svensen is a fifteen year old student at Rothaugen middle school in Bergen, Norway. He has attended schools in Tanzania, Kenya and the United States, exposing him to a variety of teaching styles and tools. This has made him become actively involved in several projects on bringing technology and new teaching methods into the classroom. Jens’ teacher at Rothaugen, Terje Pedersen, shares Jens’ passion and curiosity for new ways students can interact with new technology and tools to learn. In their classroom they have used mobile games such as “Monument Valley” in math and English class, and they have even been using drones to teach mathematics, social science and ethics. Last year, Jens (and Terje) represented Rothaugen middle school at the British Educational Training and Technology Show in London, where they presented their experiences with using new technology in the classroom.

Maria Gjerpe

Medical Doctor
Medical doctor, strategist, speaker, columnist, consultant and blogger. After having been very ill, her role as a patient made Maria realise the implications of a lack of understanding by doctors and a lack of treatment options for patients. As such, it is now her passion to make sure doctors have the knowledge they need to support and treat patients with less understood or ill-researched diseases. Maria is a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Oslo who has studied innovation at the Norwegian Business School and is currently the Chief Medical Officer for The Norwegian Directorate for Patients eHealth. She is also the blogger behind “Marias Metode” (Maria’s Method) - a blog about community and health politics, innovation and research, communication and social media and technology and health - which was nominated for Girl Geek 2014 and won Digital Superheltinne (Superheroes Within) in 2010.

Olav B. Lysklett

Olav is an associate professor in physical education at Queen Maud University College and studies learning in early childhood. His research delves into nature preschools, their function and design. He has published multiple articles examining characteristics of such schools, effective practices and challenges that arise from bringing education into the outdoors. In 2014 Olav published the book “Ute hele uka” (Out all Week) which consolidates his findings and further explores other alternative preschools centred around sustainable development with nature as the central focus. An avid skier, mountain cyclist, climber and river kayaker, Olav certainly practices what he preaches and uses nature as his playground. Come listen to him challenge traditional notions of how children learn and engage here in Scandinavia where nature-centred schools abound!

Peter Stavrum Nielsen

Danish drummer Peter Stavrum Nielsen produces some of the most intensely percussive music you could imagine from basic objects, rare instruments or simply his own body. As a young child Peter would bring out his mother’s pots and pans, entertaining the family with drums and dance. Two weeks after graduating from the Royal Music Academy in Silkeborg, he landed a role in the internationally acclaimed show “STOMP” which he performed extensively with for 6 years (including at the closing ceremony of the Olympics in London in 2012). After returning to Copenhagen in in 2008, Peter co-founded Body Rhythm Factory - a performance group that has since held over 500 performances, touring both Europe and China and won The Young Audience Music Award for best production for kids and youth globally in 2013. Always on the search for sounds, grooves and new ways of making music, Peter’s goal is to blend rhythm with humour and create unique performances for audiences everywhere.

Steffen Wellinger

Architect Professor
Steffen Wellinger is an architect and associate professor at NTNU in Trondheim. In 2013, he was awarded the Trondheim Architecture Award together with Bjørke Arkitektur and has previously received the Sintef award for outstanding teaching at NTNU. Steffen acts as the coordinator of NTNU Live Studio for students from the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts, a recognised programme that received the Norwegian Education Award and the NTNU Education Award in 2015. Alongside his regular teaching duties, Steffen also mentors the student-initiated Live Projects. This initiative targets social entrepreneurship, triggers active learning and promotes a new professional culture among students.

Organizing team


Trondheim, Norway


Trondheim, Norway
  • Andrea Klassen
    Team member
  • Bahador Najafiazar
  • Elke Droessiger
  • Jan Kristian Hagen
    Post production
  • Lisa Klecha
    Team member
  • Marleen Laschet
    Team member
  • Nakul Sharma
    Team member
  • Rose Hodson
  • Swapnil Bhalla
    Team member
  • Thomas Brekk Unnvik